JAN
20
2011

Expedition Earth: Netherlands

Hoi and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Netherland! Since it snowed here this week it was perfect timing, we had a great time, and we learned some fun things about Netherlands too!

Of course we started off our week finding Netherlands on the map and stamping our passports with their flag:

 

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Here are some of the things we covered this week:

  • Located Netherlands on the map and completed our mapping worksheet
  • Learned about their flag
  • How to say “Hello” in Dutch– Hoi or Hello
  • Prayed for the Netherlands people
  • Learned a song in Dutch
  • Completed a lapbook activity
  • Learned about and classified 6 animals of Netherlands
  • Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Ford
  • Learned about Windmills and made a craft
  • Completed an Ice Skating Craft (I wasn’t brave enough to actually go ice skating!)
  • Went Bowling
  • Had a cheese tasting party. Cheeses from Netherlands include Gouda, Edam, Roomano, Herb Cheese, Goat’s cheese, Smoked Cheeses and more!
  • Learned more about Netherlands from National Geographic
  • Made homemade bread pudding

We made this cute ice skating craft.

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Since it was snowy outside, we went sledding.

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We made this fun Windmill craft. I have to say this was a little harder than expected. The wire was difficult to work with, thankfully we have jewelry making tools so that helped quite a bit.

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We learned about animals from Netherlands and added them to our Animal Wall.

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Here are our favorites: Red Fox and the Ermine.

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We learned a little about Klompen (Wooden Shoes) then made some out of poster board and looked at some pretty ones online.

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Of course we had a blast singing our Dutch Song this week. We even broke out the pretend mic for willing participants.

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Thanks for joining our week on Netherlands, next we’re on to Spain!

Click here to learn more about the Expedition Earth Geography curriculum!

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Comments

  1. Hoi! :)Just curious (as I'm from Holland): what was the song you learned?Doei!Mirjam :)

  2. Hi from Spain!! :DDo you need some link for a spanish kids song?Besosmeni :*

  3. Wow, what wonderful activities you did with your children! What fun and what a variety of things they were able to explore. Thanks for such an inspiring site!

  4. Hallo from the Netherlands! I'm also wondering what song you learnt, and curious about the animals too! Did you know that this year sees the end of a 5-year evaluation project for re-introducing the European Bison (Wisent) into the Dutch nature reserves?

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  6. I lived in the Netherlands for a year, so it's fun to see this country covered in your curriculum. Something fun to know with the Klompen- they actually still wear them for yard work to slip over their shoes or other such useful things. And their "G" sound is a very explosive "H" sound like you're trying to hack a lougee up. We used to joke that you need an umbrella to talk to the Dutch. So instead of "goo-da" cheese like we Americans say it is "Hou-da". Act like you're trying to clear your throat on the "H" and you've got it! Dag! (Also goodbye or hello and of course with the "h" at the end!) :0)

  7. The song was from the Wee Sing Around the World CD:Alle Eendjes zwemmen in het water. Fal-de-ral-de-rie-re, fal-de-ral-de-rie-re, Alle eendjes zwemmen in het water, Fal-de-ral-de, ral-de-ral-de ra…then it goes on fishes (vissen) swimming in the water, children (kinderen) swimming in the water…it was a cute song.

  8. The shoes, oh the wooden shoes! How cute are they?What a wonderful unit study of the Netherlands! Thank you so much for the directions for the 3D ice skating craft. It looks like so much fun to make.Blessings to you from the Hip Homeschool Hop,Sue :)

  9. I am getting ready to order your Preschool Program for my daughter! She will be 4 in August and we will start Preschool at the end of August. I love following your blog and seeing what you have taught for the week and or day. Your kids look so happy to be learning and they seem to be having fun while doing so! Do you have any tips for a first time homeschool mom? Thanks again for your blog~ its really encourageing and so much fun to follow! :)

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